One of the pleasures of traveling is stumbling upon unexpected treasures. Such is il Matterello, a shop selling fresh authentic Italian pasta made on the spot. il Mattarello is named after a rolling pin and is not licensed as a restaurant. That being said, it was long after lunchtime and we hadn’t eaten yet. We spied a rustic country table at the back of the shop that had a basket of lavender and lots of Italian cooking books piled on it at one end. There were two beautiful fish paintings on the wall. The feng shui was excellent, the aromas tantalizing, and we looked longingly at the pastas displayed inside the case.
One of the owners (name forgotten, I’m sorry to say and their website is in Dutch) sensed our hunger—okay, maybe we gave her a hint when our drool began to hit the floor—and she suggested we sit down and she’d serve us up a few dishes. The shop was set up like a long open loft with skylights over the table, the kitchen stove right there next to the fresh pasta display case. il Mattarello wholesales pasta to restaurants throughout the Netherlands and does not yet have a restaurant of its own because the laws in Amsterdam designate certain spaces to remain retail shops or restaurants or offices, etc. They happen to have a retail shop. We were served an unbelievably delicious lunch. Ssssssshhh! Don’t tell anyone! il Mattarello also offers cooking workshops in this fabulous space. Can’t get to Amsterdam? Check out their video on uTube.
It was like having your own private chef. We chose a selection of raviolis…some stuffed with beets, some with pumpkin, some with spinach and ricotta…
2 responses to “DISCOVERING GOURMET DELIGHTS IN AMSTERDAM”
Thanks for the great tip Katy. Looking forward to trying it.
I recently got a little pasta from this “house” and was surprised.
You can taste almost the passion of the ” Mamma ” …. Great !
Don ‘ t try to grow big: keep it so and rise youre prices 🙂